Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince William held private talks on Monday with Tony Blair on the Middle East.
“The Duke of Cambridge met with Mr Blair to discuss His Royal Highness’s visit earlier this year to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” confirmed a palace spokesman.
Blair is considered a pariah by many in the Middle East and in the UK over his role in the deadly Iraq war, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Since leaving Downing Street in 2007, Blair has made millions of pounds, some of which has come from providing advice to despots around the world including Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev.
He currently runs a think-tank called the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and campaigns against Brexit.
William’s father, Prince Charles, is said to have privately condemned Blair’s role in the 2003 military invasion of Iraq and derided the Labour Prime Minister for behaving like the “poodle” of then U.S. President George W. Bush.
Earlier this year Prince William became the first British Royal to make an official visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.